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Welcome from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences)

PVC WelcomeNau mai, haere mai ki te Rohe a Ahikāroa o te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo.

Nei te reo mihi e karanga nei e tāria ana kia mihia anōtia ngā haumāuiui ka whakaputaina e koe.

Te reo Māori


I am delighted to welcome you to the Division of Sciences.

Science has been an essential cornerstone of the University of Otago since its establishment in 1869. Formally constituted in 1989, the Division of Sciences has since grown in both strength and status resulting in internationally recognised excellence in all of its activities with a strong emphasis on research and research-led teaching.

The diversity of quality subjects that can now be studied at both the under- and postgraduate levels is very broad. As well as our touchstone BSc and BSc(Hons) degrees with their large assortment of majors, you may also be interested in BAppSc, our professional degrees, or programmes that cut across normal departmental structures. I invite you to look further at our website for more detailed information.

We have some of the latest high-end built or upgraded buildings on campus, providing first-rate facilities, in relation to scientific equipment laboratories and teaching space, allowing us to remain at the forefront of scientific endeavour.

I feel honoured to head the Division at New Zealand’s most science intensive university. I am also very proud of our staff and the cutting-edge results that they repeatedly produce. The academic, research and support staff in Sciences at Otago are stellar, with a very large proportion of staff engaged in internationally recognised research. We are all committed to the highest standards of excellence in delivering or supporting our academic programmes.

Be assured, you will be taught by scientific experts in their respective disciplines, providing you with the opportunity to gain a world-class qualification, whilst at the same time contributing to revolutionary research.

I wish you all the best and look forward to applauding your academic success.

Professor Richard Barker
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences)